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    Wendy Davis holds rally with people in wheelchairs to defend wheelchair attack ad (Updated)

    Wendy Davis holds rally with people in wheelchairs to defend wheelchair attack ad (Updated)

    Davis campaign goes from farce to tragedy

    Last week, Democratic Texas Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’ campaign ran an ad attacking Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott, for being in a wheelchair. The ad received such intense blowback, Abbott’s campaign turned the negative reaction into their own campaign ad:

    “Just keep digging” apparently being the Davis campaign mantra, Davis doubled down on the monstrous ad:

    And then it got even worse. According to Alex Pappas at the Daily Caller, Davis held a press conference with people in wheel chairs who then proceeded to openly criticize Greg Abbott. I’d love to have been a fly on the wall listening to the campaign phone call that decided this press conference was a good idea:

    During a Monday press conference featuring speakers in wheelchairs, the Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate reiterated the attacks in her ad against her paraplegic opponent, Republican Greg Abbott, which critics have called insensitive and inflammatory.

    Asked by a reporter if she is exploiting Abbott’s disability, which is the result of a 1984 accident where a tree fell on him, Davis said: “This ad is about one thing. And one thing only. It’s about Greg Abbott’s hypocrisy.”

    “Greg Abbot rightly sought justice for himself when he sued a tree company and a homeowner and he received a multimillion dollar settlement in his suit,” Davis said. “And ever since, in his role as a public servant, Greg Abbott has shown time and time again that he has worked to deny that same justice to others.”

    Before Davis spoke on Monday at her Fort Worth campaign office, several disabled people in wheelchairs spoke to the crowd in support of Davis, while criticizing Abbott.

    Update: But it got even worse, if you can believe that. Watch this staffer awkwardly drag this man across the floor:

    It’s safe to say Wendy Davis’ campaign has secured its place in the annals of “Worst Campaign Decisions in History.”

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    TrooperJohnSmith | October 14, 2014 at 3:20 am

    That’s like starting out a conversation about race with, “Look, some of my best friends are….”

    When you’re in a hole, stop digging.


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